Welcome to the Sunday Gathering recap (songs, hymns, liturgy and sermon). This blog gives you an opportunity to reflect on what you heard in the gathering or catch up if you weren’t able to be with us.
*The indented sections are responses read aloud by the congregation during the Gathering
HABITS OF GRACE - Feeding the Habits
CALL TO WORSHIP
Praise the LORD! Let us give thanks to the LORD with our whole heart, together as one body and voice, let us worship God!
Great are the works of the LORD. We remember and delight in the amazing things he has done!
He is full of splendour and majesty and his righteousness endures forever. The works of his hands are faithful and just; he sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever.
Holy and awesome is his name! Praise be to the LORD!
(Based on Psalm 111)
Song: How Great Thou Art
Song: All Creatures of our God and King
CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE
As we've thought through habits of grace these past few weeks, the practices that help us to deepen our love and enjoyment of God, we are reminded that so often we fail. We desire to spend time with God and make him our priority, and yet so quickly we forget this and turn from him. We put our time and energy into other things, other relationships, rather than our relationship with him. Take a moment to confess that to God, to ask him to reveal this tendency in your own heart.
God tells us in his word that if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just. He will forgive our sins and we will no longer be condemned by them. Let's sing out, praising God that in Jesus, our sins are forgiven.
Song: You Alone Can Rescue
PASSING OF THE PEACE
PREACHING OF THE WORD
This week we finished our 'Habits of Grace' sermon series. Gary Aston preached to us from Psalm 119:9-16;97-104 on how to feed these habits in our lives. Click here to listen to that sermon.
Every week we want to respond to what God has done for us in Jesus. One of the great ways he has provided for us to remember the truth of the gospel is giving us communion. As we take the bread and wine we remember what Jesus has done for us.
POST COMMUNION READING
Jesus’ death brings us life and this meal reminds us that we are fed by Jesus and forgiven because of Jesus.
We rejoice that You have died, rose again, and are now with the Father advocating for us. Amen.
With our money, time, and talent we give generously, knowing that through Your Son, Jesus, You have generously given to us.
We rejoice that You have given everything and we joyfully give everything back to Your care. Amen.
Song: Nothing but the Blood
Song: Saviour of the World
Heavenly father, help us to form and maintain habits that will allow us to enjoy more of the blessing that is ours, by grace, in Jesus.
Help us to meditate on your word and not stray from your commands. Would we delight to speak to you in prayer, knowing that through Jesus you hear us. And would we consider how to stir up one another to love and good works in the body of the church. Amen
Song: Be Thou My Vision
Brothers and Sisters, may you grow in the grace and knowledge and love of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Centering your lives on Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
Peace be with you.
And also with you.